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Knock Knock

My Dad's Dream for Me
By Daniel Beaty (Hardcover Book, 2013)
Every morning, I play a game with my father.
He goes knock knock on my door
and I pretend to be asleep
till he gets right next to the bed.
And my papa, he tells me, "I love you."

But what happens when, one day, that "knock knock" doesn't come? This powerful and inspiring book shows the love that an absent parent can leave behind, and the strength that children find in themselves as they grow up and follow their dreams.
  • Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
    • Format: Hardcover Book

    • Price: $18.00 US/$20.00 CAN

    • ISBN-13: 9780316209175

    • On Sale Date: 12/17/2013

    • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    Formats Available: Hardcover Book, Electronic Book

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Every morning, I play a game with my father.
He goes knock knock on my door
and I pretend to be asleep
till he gets right next to the bed.
And my papa, he tells me, "I love you."

But what happens when, one day, that "knock knock" doesn't come? This powerful and inspiring book shows the love that an absent parent can leave behind, and the strength that children find in themselves as they grow up and follow their dreams.

Daniel Beaty is an award winning writer, performer, educator, and empowerment expert. His works have been shared throughout the U.S., Europe, and Africa in the area's of children's and adult literature, music, theater, film, and television. He has performed at The White House and has graced the stage of The Kennedy Center, as well as HBO and BET. His website is www.danielbeaty.com.

Bryan Collier has illustrated more than twenty-five picture books, including the award-winning Dave the Potter and Fifty Cents and a Dream, and has received numerous accolades, including three Caldecott Honors and four Coretta Scott King Awards. He lives with his wife and children in Marlboro, New York. His website is www.bryancollier.com.
  • 2014 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award Winner 
    Huffington Post Best Picture Book of 2013
    An ALSC Notable Books for Children
    A 2013 Parents' Choice Silver Award

  • "The text, powerful and spare, is well supported by Collier's watercolor and collage art...there is a lot going on in the mind of any child who has been denied a parent, for whatever reason. In this book they will find comfort and inspiration." (The Horn Book).

  • "By sharing his experience, explained in an afterword, Beaty lends his voice to children struggling with the absence of a parent and the grief that goes with it." (Publishers Weekly, starred review).

  • "A poignant [and] heart-wrenching tale of love, loss, and hope." (School Library Journal).

  • "The desire for guidance encountering life's experiences is told from a small child's point of view with candor, as well as hope...." (Booklist).

  • "Bryan Collier's richly textured illustrations and the lyricism of Beaty's text-with its echoes of spoken-word poetry-make this story of bereavement also a story of possibility and beauty." (-The New York Times Sunday Book Review).

  • "Challenging but ultimately uplifting, Knock Knock is a thoughtful meditation on grappling with the sometimes uneasy legacy passed down to us by our parents." (The Huffington Post).

  • Praise for Fifty Cents and a Dream, illustrated by Bryan Collier:

    * "Collier is in brilliant Caldecott Honor style, using his signature watercolor paintings and cut-paper collage to incorporate elements from Booker's life and visions into each illustration...An outstanding achievement and a life worthy of note."
    (Kirkus Reviews, starred review).

  • * "Collier's patterned and textured watercolor and paper collage paintings perfectly mirror the narrative...An inspirational life, memorably presented." (School Library Journal, starred review).

  • * "Collier's (Dave the Potter) sophisticated design elements will have readers revisiting his extraordinary collages." (Publishers Weekly, starred review).

  • Praise for Dave the Potter, illustrated by Bryan Collier:
    Caldecott Honor winner
    Coretta Scott King Award winner

    "[Bryan Collier's] work is bold and textured, like Dave's, vivdly capturing the earthiness of the potter's craft and the verdant South Carolina landscape outside Dave's workshop." (The New York Times Book Review).

  • * "An inspiring story, perfectly presented and sure to prompt classroom discussion and projects. Outstanding in every way." (School Library Journal, starred review).

  • Praise for Martin's Big Words, illustrated by Bryan Collier:
    Caldecott Honor book
    Coretta Scott King Award winner

    * "With powerful art and pulsing words, this is a fine book to share and read aloud many times." (Booklist, starred review).

  • "The result is a stunning, reverent tribute." (School Library Journal).

  • "The portraits of King exude his spiritual strength and peaceful visage... An elegant, understated pictorial biography." (Publishers Weekly).

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Product Details

Knock Knock
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Price: $18.00 US/$20.00 CAN
  • Pages: 40
  • Physical Dimensions: 8-1/2" x 11"
  • ISBN-13: 9780316209175
  • On Sale Date: 12/17/2013
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